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Creating a scene
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By Dianna Carter
Jan. 2, 2013 12:59 p.m.



A man walks into a bar

He finds a barstool and beckons the bartender

He orders a drink

She sits down beside him

He stares, she averts her gaze

He drinks, she drinks  



What is the atmosphere of the bar, is it dark and dismal, bright and airy, sullen and romantic?

On what type of barstool does he sit? maybe round leather with no back or wooden with a curved back? Are others sitting at the bar?

What does the bartender look like? Is the bartender male or female, old or young, wearing an apron or t-shirt and jeans?

What drink does the man order? A martini, a cosmopolitan, a scotch on the rocks?

What is she wearing? A mini skirt with a fur lined colored sweater, pants with boots and a scarf around her neck? Does she order a drink? What drink does she order?

What color is her hair, his hair? Do either wear glasses? Do they know each other?



This is an example of the power of words. Just those few sentences can evoke many different stories, depending on the reader. Every person reading this will have a different idea of what the scene looks like, but then when the suggestions are read, the ideas might be swayed to match.



Think about it, the possibilities are endless.

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